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The Women's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Sexier, Healthier You--In 15 Minutes a Day! Paperback – October 25, 2011
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SELENE YEAGER is a top-selling author, certified personal trainer, and all-American Ironman triathlete. She lives in Lehigh Valley, PA.
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1. Most (not all, but nearly all) use at least 2 pieces of equipment and often 3: dumbbells, a step, a bench, a stability ball, a pull-up bar (have one of those handy?), a resistance band, a kettlebell, a medicine ball, a foam roller, a BOSU, and and for one medicine ball workout: a partner! I'd have liked it better if there were more workouts using just one piece of equipment for the entire 15 minutes - particularly since these are circuit workouts.
2. Names of routines were too cute by half, such as "Mood Lifting" and "Cowgirl." When I'm flipping through the book, I'd rather not have to use some of that 15 minutes to decipher what body parts a routine actually works. It seems they could have been categorized in way that could be accessed faster.
3. Circuits, circuits, and more circuits, and "15 minutes" is more a matter of approach. You get to 15 minutes by running through most of these routines 3 to 4 times. So I'm guessing that if I leave out a circuit, it's 10 minutes and if I add one it's 20. In that case, these aren't *necessarily* 15 minutes, depending on whether you complete the number of circuits as prescribed.
(NOTE: I would NOT recommend performing the classic kettlebell 'halo' as it's shown in this book! You could seriously strain your lower back.)
Generally, it's no worse than any other workout book, but it's not among my favorites. There's variety and most routines can be adapted to be more challenging. However, I can't past the fact that I really liked the The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell, and it's too bad more of those moves (and a little less equipment) didn't show up in this book. I think this would've been a better book.
Here's how the workouts go. In general, a few specific exercises are performed intensely and then repeated in a cycle or circuit. The key to getting the workout down to 15 minutes is that there is minimal rest between the exercises. The rest between the circuits is minimal too.
In terms of layout, color photos are large and clear, illustrating the exercises well.
I liked the range of workouts, including bodyweight exercises with no equipment required. Some workouts use dumbbells. If you are at a gym or have workout equipment, you may make use of the workouts that use a barbell, a step, a large (Swiss) ball, a medicine ball, tubing, a bench and a few other tools.
There are 77 workouts.
(71) 15-minute workouts
(2) 1-minute workouts
(1) 4-minute workout
(3) 5-minute workouts
Here is a list of some of the 15-minute workouts. Exercises are listed for a few workouts.
High school reunion workout 1: Here are the exercises for this workout.Read more ›
However, I feel like this would have been better in standard book form. It's not that the kindle layout is bad, but aside from the first couple of chapters, this is not really a book that one is likely to read from cover to cover in consecutive order, and like any book that one might want to flip through, it gets kind of annoying to navegate back and forth through it in electronic form. I do appreciate that it's available in electronic form because my current location would make it difficult to obtain if that were not the case, but if you are within easy shipping distance, I'd reccomend getting a physical copy. I feel it would be put to best use on the coffee table where you can flip through it and become inspired over and over, rather than having it in a list of titles on an easily burried kindle.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! I want others like it! I love the layout of colored photos and the detail. I have been working out for over 2.5 years so this validates a lot of knowledge. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Wong
Exactly what I wanted...I will be getting the book version of this too as I want to flick through it more easily than I can on kindle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by hollyGoLightly